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Health & Nutrition

High-quality healthcare and prevention services

Working alongside communities to ensure inclusive access to health and nutrition services for all—especially the vulnerable. 


Give Hope Annual Report

Health & Nutrition

We’re committed to high-impact interventions that improve the health, wellbeing, and survival of women, children, and families. 

Illnesses that would be easily treated or are uncommon in much of the world continue to cause misery and unnecessary death around the world. Poor nutrition, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, malaria, anemia, tuberculosis, and complications during childbirth are a few examples. World Hope International (WHI) responds to the scale of the problem by working to strengthen the public health system—alongside clinicians, hospital doctors, physical therapists, community health workers, midwives, teachers, health volunteers, medical students, and others—so the most vulnerable will have access to high quality & affordable healthcare and prevention services.

Problem

Widespread misunderstanding of disability complicated by the lack of health care or other public support services makes children with physical and mental disabilities some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Problem

Sierra Leone ranks as the worst country in the world for under-5 mortality. 182 out of every 1,000 children in Sierra Leone—almost one in five—die before their fifth birthday.

UNICEF State of the World’s Children

Problem

Papua New Guinea remains one of the least developed nations in the world and relies on just 2 physicians per 10,000 citizens.

WHO

What we’re doing about it

We focus on serving vulnerable communities who face dire health and nutrition circumstances.

Enable the Children

Enable the Children is a community-based program in Freetown, Sierra Leone that provides year-round therapy and social support services to more than 800 children with disabilities and their families to improve their quality of life. More on Enable the Children

Helping Babies Breathe

Utilising the Helping Babies Breathe curriculum designed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, WHI teaches life-saving newborn resuscitation skills to rural health workers in Sierra Leone. More on Helping Babies Breathe

Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance

WHI partners with Emory University, the Gates Foundation and Center for Disease Control in Sierra Leone to implement Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS)—a multi-country, long-term surveillance program targeted at an understanding cause of death in children under five. 

Community Health Workers

Alongside UNICEF and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, WHI works with Community Health Workers—the main providers of health services in rural Sierra Leone—in disease surveillance, reproductive health, maternal and child health, and community-based management of malnutrition.

Ambulance Services

WHI provides ambulances to three hospitals in northern Sierra Leone and liaises with healthcare providers to assist in the transportation of patients, primarily pregnant women. Getting women to the hospital faster has already saved the lives of many women and their babies.

Ukweli Test Strips

In partnership with Lehigh University, WHI trains heath care workers in Sierra Leone in the use of test strips for improving the identification and treatment of urinary tract infections and diabetes.

Mother Support Groups

WHI has trained 2,000 community groups to provide localised education on proper infant and young child feeding practices in order to reduce the number of malnourished children, help them access Vitamin A supplements and deworming medication. 

Ebola Outbreak

WHI was instrumental in the fight to end the 2014/2015 Ebola (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone. In November 2015, Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free and since then WHI has been working to provide assistance to Ebola survivors through Community Care Centers, education, and more.

Alpha Project

The Alpha Project at Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital in the Northwest region of Sierra Leone—originally initiated by WHI Canada—addresses the serious, extensive issue of malnourishment in hard-to-reach areas. An established inpatient ward helps reduce death rates and improve community outreach on nutritional education.

Support for Medical Students

Initiated by WHI Australia, WHI is providing scholarships to medical and nursing students in Papua New Guinea to address the dire need for health workers and better health care.

Our Impact As a Global WHI Alliance

In 2017, we celebrated our health and nutrition impact.

ambulance transports

to three hospitals, saving the lives of many pregnant women and babies in Sierra Leone.

health workers

trained in use of test strips for screening for urinary tract infection and diabetes in Sierra Leone.

caregivers

in 258 health facilities, 4 nurse training schools and 45 facilitators trained to reduce neonatal mortality in hard-to-reach areas in Sierra Leone.

AN ORGANISATION YOU CAN TRUST.

Please note that in the unlikely event a specific appeal becomes overfunded, surplus funds will be redirected towards a similar relief or community development project.

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